Papillon Chihuahua Hybrid Dogs, Papihuahua, Chi-a-Pap, Pap-Chi

Family: Canidae Chion or Papihuahua Picture"Maddox"Canis lupus familiarisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Arlene Salas
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   Judy Guilbeault

  The adorable Chion is a small and delicate little dog. Like it's parentage this is a lively little dog that is quite loveable.

The Chion is a mixed dog breed, a cross between the Chihuahua and the Papillon. Chions may have any combination of traits from its parentage, but there are some things that you can be relatively sure about. Both the Chihuahua and the Papillon are charming dogs that are active yet affectionate. They are also quite intelligent. When selecting a Chion, look for eye, gum and joint problems.

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: lupus familiaris

Common Name(s) Chion, Papihuahua, Chi-a-Pap, Pap-Chi

Breed Type The Chion is a mixed breed. A cross between the Chihuahua and the Papillon, this is a lively and loveable hybrid.

Background The Chion is a somewhat rare hybrid, and there is little reliable information about its origins. Most Chions are the result of first generation crossbreeding.

Description Chions are small dogs, usually with long or medium length coats. They come in a variety of colors and have large, erect ears. Height and weight vary, but are less than 11 inches and 10 pound, respectively.

Care and Feeding Both Chihuahuas and Papillons thrive on a diet that includes poultry, so it's safe to assume that Chions will do well on such a diet as well. Gentle brushing is the most important step in maintaining a Chion's coat. Nails should be trimmed regularly, and baths given as needed.
Chions need regular checkups to stay healthy. Vaccinations are due as follows:

  • 6-8 weeks: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, and Corona virus (DHLPPC)
  • 10-12 weeks: Second DHLPPC
  • 14-16 weeks: Third DHLPPC and rabies
  • Annually: DHLPPC and rabies booster

Chions are average shedders. Regular vacuuming of the carpet and furniture is essential.

Housing Your Dog Chions are indoor dogs. Some bark excessively, so they may not be the best choice if you live in an apartment.

Social Behaviors Chions are too small and delicate to be handled by young or rambunctious children. They may not like strangers, and they tend to be aggressive toward other dogs. But with proper socialization, they may get along with other pets.

Handling and Training Chions may be easy to train, or they may be rather headstrong. They are usually very smart, though, and can learn lots of things from a firm and patient trainer.

Activities Chions are active, and they need daily walks and play sessions to stay healthy. They enjoy playing off-leash outdoors when weather permits.

Breeding/Reproduction Chions are often bred back to Chihuahuas or Papillons. When selecting a mate for your Chion, check for gum and joint problems.

Common Health Problems Chions may have a fontanel, or soft spot in the skull. Care must be taken to protect this sensitive area from injury. This breed may also be prone to colds.

Availability Chions can be difficult to find in many areas. Prices vary.

References "Chion", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
"Chihuahua", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
"Papillon", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
Cusick, William D., "What to Feed a Chihuahua", Referenced online, 2008
Cusick, William D., "What to Feed a Papillon", Referenced online, 2008

Lastest Animal Stories on Chion

Judy Guilbeault - 2015-10-25
He's about 15 lbs.& not that delicate.Is he a Chion?


  • jhm - 2015-11-12
    yes. long-hair Chihuahua is another name for chion. mine is overweight at 17 pounds and looks almost like yours. sport is 6 years old and is so precious, exceptionally spoiled, a great watchdog to a fault, and so loving and smart. you will love this little treasure.
Sevki Sahin - 2015-10-28
I love this mix breed.

Brain - 2015-10-28
Rita came from Ukraine and she lives in Istambul.

Judy Guilbeault - 2015-10-25
I rescued my dog and was told he's a long hair chihuahua . If it's true, he's the biggest Chihuahua I ever saw. 15 lbs. I'm pretty sure he's a Chion. I'll post a picture.

Tina Goble - 2015-05-26
I'm from Brownwoods  Texas and I have chithis will be the last litter and town is very small and Papillon are very very rare and hardly heard of so that's why I would rather sell them to people online who know more information about chion

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  • Robert - 2015-06-10
    I had one a long time named Paco . he was 8 and still puppy like . two Sundays ago two pits attacked him to where I had to have him put to sleep . it has destroyed my family . down the road I would love to get another . email me please .
  • Ming Kwong - 2015-06-23
    Do you have anymore available?
  • Tina Goble - 2015-06-26
    Yes I'm selling for 200 . They are cute so 3254301832
  • Stacey Besinger - 2015-07-11
    Do you have pictures? It's too late at night for me to call you. I may give you a shout tomorrow.
  • Tom Armistead - 2015-10-05
    Are your pups still available?
  • Tom Armistead - 2015-10-05
    Are your pups still available? We have 2 chions and a acquaintance who's chion passed away of old age, that is desperately looking for a new puppy.
carmen - 2012-11-11
Could someone, anyone, pleeease tell me where i can get a chion?! The breed would be perfect for me. I am located in philadelphia. Willing to travel to new york, new jersey, delaware and upstate pennsylvania. Looking to purchase or adopt a puppy preferably female. Thank you!

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-12
    When you are starting from scratch - quickest way is to Goggle        Chion Breeders.   You will come up with many - all over the US but possibly one close to you. 
  • Gail - 2014-09-19
    Check out the rescue leagues. I got my Wally at one in Florida, Grateful Paws,. He is 16 months old and a bundle of fun! He does bark a lot though! Good luck...